With the commencement of Phase 3 and a nearly completely healthy Avalanche roster participating, Colorado’s 2016 first-round draft pick Tyson Jost began the first session as the Avs’ 13th forward.
Jost, who’s name was swirling around the trade deadline over four months ago, has had a disappointing season. The third-year forward scored eight goals and 23 points in 67 games. Despite ending the season with six points in nine games after the deadline, Jost was paired with regularly-scratched forwards Vladislav Kamenev and T.J. Tynan on Monday.
Although his position in the lineup doesn’t bode well on the first day, Avs coach Jared Bednar would not commit just yet to confirming that Jost would be on the outside looking in come Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“We haven’t made a decision on our lineup or where guys will slot, where they’ll play,” Bednar said. “We’ll use the whole training camp, what we’ve seen through the course of this season, this training camp, our exhibition game and even the round-robin to make some decisions and see where we’re at come round one of the playoffs.”
Without Colin Wilson, who has been out since November, Jost will likely see time in the playoffs at some point as the first forward to slot in if an injury or ailment were to occur. He missed just three regular-season games in 2019-20.